American Eagle Outfitters

Pennsylvania
Retailing

Corporate Bias Rating

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High Risk

Summary:

American Eagle Outfitters (AEO) scored a 100 on the 2023-2024 Corporate Equality Index (CEI) from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), a political stakeholder group. By complying with the HRC’s controversial demands, the company increases the risk of dividing employees, alienating customers and harming shareholders. The company provides a benefits package for employees which covers transgender medical procedures for covered employees and dependents, including children. It also uses sex and gender ideology criteria in employee recruitment, vendor selection, marketing, and philanthropic support. AEO forces employees to undergo multiple ideological trainings and uses its reputation, corporate funds, and political influence to support controversial sex and gender ideologies, organizations, and legislation. The company supported gun control legislation and LGBTQ Pride. AEO also supports the Equality Act and has partnered with the It Gets Better Project. The company opposed various state and local legislation intended to protect parental rights, girls’ sports, bathroom facilities, and gendered spaces. AEO launched a "Social Change Scholarship," which promotes social justice projects. For these reasons, AEO receives a High Risk rating.

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